Mute Swimmer is a moniker of British songwriter and visual artist Guy Dale. His work under this name is characterized by dramatic shifts of mood and intensity, veering from whispered near silence to voluminous catharsis. Dale works on the interstice of cultural platforms marrying elements of performance art and site-specific happening with the confessional intimacies of the singer-songwriter.
The music draws freely from elements of folk music, minimalism and post-rock often taking the process of writing and the moment of performance itself as a subject. Romantic, self-reflexive and hauntingly melancholic by rapid turns, he has quickly earned a reputation as a formidable live performer.
A double A-sided single is due for release on Bleeding Heart Recordings in early 2011. The album Mute Swimmer was released on Woodland Recordings in 2010 to widespead acclaim. Other releases include; Treehouse (2005) under his own name and the E.P’s, Marriage (2007) and 30/01/08 (2009) with the group Funés. He also makes experimental sound works under the name Dala.
Mute Swimmer has performed alongside artists such as Stanley Brinks, David Thomas Broughton, Carla Bozulich, She Keeps Bees, Vio/Miré among many others, performing widely in the UK and more recently Europe.
‘Deft deconstructions…a performer that commands attention…intense and revealing’
Guy Dale / Mute Swimmer